Unable to come to an agreement with a veto pen-wielding President, the Congress has passed a short-term extension for SCHIP, the children’s coverage program, through March 2009. We understand this postpones a decision by MRMIB to disenroll children because of a lack of federal funds, at least in the near-term.
This doesn’t solve the problem in the long term, or for those children who are now uninsured, but that would get health coverage through the proposal health reform proposal. It doesn’t address the President’s effort to cap any expansions above 250% FPL, just as the Assembly passes a bill that includes an expansion for children up to 300% FPL. But we live to fight another day.